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  • Kerry warns Europe, others against 'authoritarian populism'

    12/08/2016 7:18:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2016 6:20 AM EST | Geir Moulson
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned countries from Europe and beyond on Thursday to beware of an increasing “danger of authoritarian populism.” Kerry spoke at a meeting in Hamburg of foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The group, chaired by Germany this year, includes European Union countries, the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Central Asian nations and others. In “too many places” in the OSCE region, he said, there has been “a rise of authoritarian thinking, accompanied by backsliding on human rights, restrictions on independent media, a spike in acts of intolerance and hate...
  • EU's Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

    12/06/2016 6:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:32 AM EST | Pan Pylas
    Britain may not have two years to negotiate its divorce from the European Union after all. The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit warned Tuesday that the country will have less than 18 months once talks begin and that it won’t be allowed to pick and choose what parts of the EU it wants to keep. While steering away from specifics on what a Brexit deal might look like, Michel Barnier, who took up his post months ago after Britain voted in June to leave the EU, said formal procedures at the start and the end of the talks will cut...
  • Danish doctors come out against circumcision [Male]

    12/05/2016 8:15:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies ^ | 05 Dec 2016 13:08 GMT+01:00
    The Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) has recommended that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark. The association released its recommendation on Friday, saying that circumcision should be “an informed, personal choice” that young men should make for themselves. In a press release, the group said that when parents have their male children circumcised, it robs the boys of the ability to make decisions about their own bodies and their own cultural and religious beliefs. …
  • Freiburg murder: Germans urged not to scapegoat migrants

    12/05/2016 3:20:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/04/2016
    Germans have been urged not to scapegoat migrants, after an Afghan youth was arrested over the rape and murder of a German student. A 17-year-old Afghan boy is under suspicion because a DNA test appears to link him to the spot in Freiburg where the woman was attacked in October. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned Germans not to exploit the crime "for incitement and conspiracy propaganda". Last year's massive influx of migrants fuelled tensions over immigration. The 19-year-old medical student disappeared in mid-October on her way home from a party in Freiburg, south-western Germany. Her body was found in the...
  • Germany arrests Marxist militant 'leader'

    12/04/2016 2:52:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 04 Dec 2016 12:45 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    A radical Marxist suspected of belonging to a left-wing extremist group accused of terrorism by Turkey has been arrested in Germany, judicial sources said on Saturday. The 55-year-old citizen of the Netherlands, whose name was given as Musa A., was arrested in Hamburg, Germany’s federal prosecutor said. The man is thought to be a “leader” of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) — a radical Marxist group outlawed by Ankara after allegedly staging several attacks and assassinations against police, the security services and US interests in Turkey. …
  • Spain to raise minimum wage by 8 percent in 2017

    12/02/2016 9:17:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 2 December 2016 16:32 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Spain’s minority conservative government on Friday approved raising the country’s minimum monthly wage by 8.0 percent in 2017 to €825.50 ($876) as demanded by the main opposition Socialists. Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said the rise — approved at a weekly cabinet meeting — was “negotiated with other political groups”. The minimum wage will rise from €764.40 to €825.50, an increase of €61.10. That is higher than the monthly minimum wage of €618 in neighboring Portugal, but far lower than the minimum wage of €1,467 in France. …
  • President François Hollande of France Won’t Seek Re-Election

    12/01/2016 12:00:41 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Aurelien Breeden
    PARIS — President François Hollande stunned France on Thursday when he announced that he would not run for a second term in next year’s presidential election. In a televised address from the Élysée Palace, Mr. Hollande said that he was “aware of the risks” of a candidacy that would not “rally” enough people to it. “I have thus decided not to be a candidate in the presidential elections,” Mr. Hollande said. Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, ended weeks of speculation about his intentions to participate in a re-election bid that few observers thought he could win. He has had some of...
  • EU border official skeptical about Trump's Mexico wall idea

    12/01/2016 4:30:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2016 2:11 PM EST | Maria Danilova
    A top European security official on Thursday expressed skepticism about President-elect Donald Trump’s idea of building a wall to prevent illegal migrants from coming to the United States from Mexico. Fabrice Leggeri, executive director of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, told reporters that building physical barriers does not solve the underlying problems that are causing migration: poverty and conflict. “This doesn’t address the root cause of this phenomenon,” Leggeri said, adding that some European Union member states have erected fences between them. Illegal migration has become a hot topic both in the United States and in Europe....
  • German MP proposes 'free basic income' for parents

    11/30/2016 9:22:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.28.2016 | Ben Knight
    It wouldn’t be the first progressive idea to be taken on by conservatives. A group of Bundestag members in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have proposed offering parents a basic state income — independent of their own financial situation. The fixed monthly payment, the exact amount of which was not mentioned, would be tied to child care costs and would be subject to social insurance contributions. The payment, part of what the CDU calls its “family pact,” would also be paid out from birth until the child starts school, regardless of whether the parents send their children to kindergartens or...
  • Merkel: Germans must learn to live with Russian cyberwar

    11/29/2016 5:27:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    AFP via ^ | 29 Nov 2016 14:12 GMT+01:00
    Cyber attacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, after Europe’s top economy suffered its largest ever online assault. Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday, with Germany’s online security chief describing it as “a hacking attack”. Merkel said she did not know who was behind the strike, but added that “such cyber attacks, or hybrid conflicts as they are known in Russian doctrine, are now part of daily life and we must learn to cope with them”. “We...
  • Germany wants 'any French president who's not Le Pen'

    11/28/2016 11:10:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    AFP via ^ | 28 Nov 2016 12:26 GMT+01:00
    François Fillon, frontrunner to become France’s next president, has sparked unease in Germany with his friendly attitude toward Russia, but signs that he would beat Marine Le Pen are being welcomed. Fillon secured the nomination of the French conservative Republicans on Sunday with a resounding victory over his more moderate challenger Alain Juppe. Opinion polls currently predict that he would handily beat far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the knock-out finals of next May’s presidential elections. That in itself is cause for relief in Germany, France’s traditional core EU partner, which has been rattled by the US election...
  • Asylum report: 8 out of 10 want to stay in Sweden

    11/27/2016 8:38:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 27 Nov 2016 17:03 GMT+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Although most asylum seekers in Sweden are happy with the accommodation provided for them, many are worried about the long waits to be granted residence permits, according to a survey. An overwhelming majority — 84 percent — also stated their wish to remain in Sweden permanently, although only half believe they are likely to succeed. The survey, conducted by Expressen, asked 1,691 people in 18 asylum centers across Sweden, finding that the majority wish to establish a permanent life for themselves in the country. Seven percent said that they would prefer to return to their home countries once the situations...
  • French Pres hails Castro as 'great figure of 20th century'

    11/26/2016 9:57:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies ^ | 26 Nov 2016 16:28 GMT+01:00
    French President François Hollande on Saturday called for the embargo that “punishes” Cuba to be “lifted definitively” following the death of Fidel Castro. […] “Even if I have repeatedly denounced human rights abuses in Cuba, I have always believed that the embargo was an unacceptable, unilateral decision,” he said. “Fidel Castro was a great figure of the 20th century. He aroused much hope with the Cuban revolution. There have also been disappointments.” …
  • Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights

    11/25/2016 11:03:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.25.2016 | Ben Knight
    Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière is planning a major limitation of privacy rights in Germany, say data protection groups. Germans will no longer have the right to know what data about them is being collected. A draft law released by the German union for data protection (DVD) this week revealed that the interior ministry was proposing to drastically limit the powers of Germany’s data protection authorities, banning them from investigating suspected breaches of people’s medical and legal records. As well as expanding video surveillance with facial recognition software, the bill would limit the government’s own data protection commissioners to checking...
  • Membership in Catholic, Muslim communities surges in Norway

    11/25/2016 6:44:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 4:45 AM EST
    Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year. Membership in Islamic groups rose by 32 percent to 148,000 in the same period. Those figures were not broken down by denomination. …
  • EU gets tough: Bloc tells UK Brexit is lose-lose situation

    11/25/2016 7:04:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 8:18 AM EST | Jill Lawless
    Since Britain voted to leave the European Union, U.K. officials have had one message: Brexit means Brexit. Now they have EU leaders’ reply: And it’s going to hurt. The prime minister of Malta, whose country is about to assume the EU presidency, is the latest leader to dash Britain’s hopes of an easy divorce, signaling that the 27 other nations will drive a hard bargain. Joseph Muscat told the BBC that “there will not be a situation when the U.K. has a better deal than it has today.” “In the U.K. it’s fair game to bash Brussels and then you...
  • Brexit can be stopped, insists Tony Blair as he rules out return to frontline politics

    11/24/2016 11:19:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-24-2016 | Laura Hughes
    Britain's exit from the EU could be blocked, Tony Blair has said, as he ruled out a return to frontline politics because there is “too much hostility” towards him. The former Labour prime minister said he had been accused of “treason” for suggesting that Britain keep its “options open” over Brexit. But he insisted that voters had a right to decide they want to stay in the EU after “scrutinising” Theresa May’s final deal with European leaders.
  • France urges labelling goods from Israeli settlements

    11/24/2016 2:48:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2016 5:42 PM EST | Philippe Sotto
    France published an official notification Thursday urging businesses to use labels to identify goods produced in the Israeli settlements, prompting a swift condemnation from Israel. It was not immediately clear whether the notice published in the French Official Journal is binding for retailers or a recommendation. A press official with the trade ministry said late Thursday she was not aware of the notification and couldn’t immediately say whether it was mandatory or advisory. In Nov. 2015, the European Union recommended that its member states put special labels on exports from the West Bank, but said the technical guidelines on the...
  • VIDEO: Merkel Says ‘Trolls’ and ‘Fake News’ Could Influence German Election

    11/24/2016 12:03:11 PM PST · by GonzoII · 72 replies
    AFP/Breitbart ^ | Nov.24, 2016 | Liam Deacon
    Angela Merkel has said public opinion is being “manipulated” on the internet, claiming “fake news” websites and “trolls” could influence the approaching German elections. In her first major address since announcing her intention to seek a fourth term, the German chancellor was also heckled and labelled a “disgrace” as she claimed to be “fighting illegal immigration” in Germany. “Something has changed. As globalization has marched on, debate is taking place in a completely new media environment. Opinions aren’t formed the way they were 25 years ago,” she said, according to AFP. “Today we have fake sites, bots, trolls – things that...
  • German private schools 'violating constitution'

    11/24/2016 11:26:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.23.2016 | Ben Knight
    Germany’s private schools are violating the constitution by picking students according to their parents’ wealth, a new study has found. The result is increasing social segregation and elitism, the authors say. German state governments are allowing schools to disregard an article of the country’s constitution designed to ensure that a mixture of social classes are able to attend private schools, according to a new study by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Article 7, Paragraph 4 of the “Basic Law” guarantees the right to establish private schools as an alternative to state schools — but only subject to their approval...
  • More of France's top earners leaving the country

    11/24/2016 10:14:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 24 Nov 2016 17:59 GMT+01:00
    The wealthiest of the French are leaving the country in their thousands, according to a new report. From 2013 to 2014, there was a 10 percent increase in the number of departures from France for those earning over €100,000 a year. In fact, a full 4,109 households up and left France in 2014 (the most recent year with available statistics), according to a report submitted to the French Parliament’s Finance Commission that was seen by Les Echos newspaper. …
  • Mail service stops some deliveries to 'risky' Berlin area

    11/24/2016 9:50:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 24 Nov 2016 13:55 GMT+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    German mail service DHL said that it had not made certain personal deliveries through its express service to the Berlin district of Wedding due to fraud and attacks on their carriers, but tamped down reports of “no-go” areas. A DHL spokesman told news agency DPA on Wednesday that the company has asked certain people who live in the Wedding neighborhood to pick up their packages at a DHL Express station in Wilmersdorf instead, noting that this policy has only been applied in a few isolated cases. The spokesman further explained that DHL will ask recipients in the future to also...
  • Slovak PM Robert Fico: Brexit will be painful for Britain

    11/22/2016 7:41:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2016 8:04 AM EST
    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico says he expects a divorce between the European Union and Britain to be painful — for Britain. Fico, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, says the EU has to emerge as the more successful from negotiations about future EU-UK relations, because otherwise Brexit could set an example for other countries to follow.Speaking to students on Tuesday, Fico asked: “Was it us who expelled Britain? Didn’t we do enough for it to stay?” …
  • Merkel seeks new term ‘to defend democratic values’

    11/21/2016 6:27:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 21 Nov 2016 09:53 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she would seek a fourth term in elections next year to defend democratic principles, but that she expected her toughest campaign to date. Merkel told reporters at a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party that she would run again to “fight for our values and our way of life”, but added that she expected strong challenges from both the right and the left of the political spectrum. […] Citing the uncertainties created by the British vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president, she said she...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says he's been 'disillusioned' by Obama

    11/20/2016 4:58:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2016 7:23 PM EST | Jeff Horwitz
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he’s “disillusioned” with the Obama administration for failing to address Middle Eastern refugees and extradite one of Erdogan’s political rivals. “They failed to rise to the occasion and handle these issues seriously,” Erdogan said of the refugee problem during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Turkey has taken in roughly 3 million refugees from Syria and elsewhere, twice the number that have fled to Europe. …
  • Swedish PM still waiting for Trump phone call

    11/18/2016 4:07:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 94 replies ^ | 18 Nov 2016 08:03 GMT+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Donald Trump has yet to arrange to speak with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, despite the Swedish leader sending him a congratulatory letter and the US President-elect already calling Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. “We have sent a letter of congratulations of course, and then the Government Offices made contact with the (US) transition team,” Löfven explained in comments reported by Swedish news agency TT. Trump’s transition team has released a list of the heads of government and top politicians he has spoken with. The 29 names include European leaders like Italian PM Matteo Renzi, British PM Theresa May,...
  • EU leaders meet in Berlin to seek answers on Trump

    11/18/2016 3:43:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    AFP via ^ | 18 Nov 2016 08:48 GMT+01:00 | Hui Min Neo and Jerome Cartillier
    European leaders head to Berlin Friday to seek assurances from US President Barack Obama on the course that Donald Trump might take, given the populist mogul’s pledges to shake up the world order. […] Ahead of the talks, Obama sounded a note of cautious optimism that Trump could change his position once he takes on the role as president. “There’s something about the solemn responsibilities of that office … that forces you to focus, that demands seriousness,” Obama said at a press conference following a meeting with his host Chancellor Angela Merkel. “And if you’re not serious about the job,...
  • Obama: 'I'd vote for Merkel if I could' [barf]

    11/17/2016 9:53:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies ^ | 17 Nov 2016 18:21 GMT+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    On his visit to Berlin on Thursday, outgoing US President Barack Obama expressed his gratitude towards Chancellor Angela Merkel and said he would vote for her, if he were German. “If I were here, if I were German and I had a vote, I’d support her,” Obama said during a joint press conference with the Chancellor. “I don’t know if that helps or hurts.” Merkel herself said that she would decide on whether to run for a fourth term at an “appropriate time”. …
  • British jobless rate hits 11-year low, but warning signs appear

    11/16/2016 7:54:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 16, 2016 | 6:06pm GMT | William Schomberg and David Milliken
    Britain’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to its lowest level in 11 years in the first three months after the Brexit vote, official data showed on Wednesday, but there were signs that a slowdown in the labor market could be coming. The jobless rate edged down to 4.8 percent in the July-September period, compared with a median forecast of 4.9 percent in a Reuters poll of economists. But the increase of 49,000 in the number of people in work was the slowest since the three months to March, and the number of people claiming unemployment benefits gathered speed in October, the...
  • Obama leaves Athens without a lasting message

    11/16/2016 7:32:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.16.2016 | Max Hofmann
    In his second term, the outgoing US president has grown fond of fundamental considerations. Now, at press conferences, his responses are long and philosophical. His speech in Athens, perhaps the last he will make as US president on European soil, fit the pattern perfectly. All in all, it was about democracy and his steadfast belief in the democratic political order. The problem is that its present form is doomed to failure, as some of its most important traits, achievements and outgrowths are now attacking their own foundations. Almost like a schoolteacher, Barack Obama explained to his audience why free press...
  • Could Breitbart influence next year's German election?

    11/16/2016 2:46:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 16 Nov 2016 09:56 GMT+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    In the wake of Donald Trump’s US election victory, right-wing US internet site Breitbart News Network confirmed they are planning to expand into Germany. But they could struggle to adapt, an analyst tells The Local. […] Breitbart, which already has a website in the UK, has started interviewing European journalists for the planned new French and German sites, Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow told Reuters on November 9th. According to Reuters, the project has the express goal of helping elect right-wing politicians in the two European countries, where anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise. […] But an expert on German...
  • Chancellor Merkel to seek fourth term, says ally

    11/16/2016 2:39:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies ^ | 16 Nov 2016 09:00 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to stand for a fourth term in next September’s elections, a close political ally said on Tuesday. “She will run for the post of chancellor,” Norbert Röttgen, a senior member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, told US television channel CNN. “She is absolutely determined, positioned and ready to contribute to reinforcing the international liberal order,” he said. …
  • Merkel to be the new 'leader of the free world'?

    11/16/2016 12:22:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies ^ | 16 Nov 2016 08:39 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    The shock election of Donald Trump as US president has forced greater responsibility for defending Western values and interests onto German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shoulders, analysts say, with some even crowning her the new “leader of the free world”. […] During his campaign Trump signaled a protectionist and anti-immigration stance, while Britain is preoccupied with securing its future outside the European Union after June’s stunning referendum vote to exit the bloc. France’s President François Hollande is grappling with record low ratings ahead of next May’s election that could see far-right Marine Le Pen reaching the second round run-off vote. Merkel,...
  • Obama: Merkel was my closest ally

    11/15/2016 4:23:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies ^ | 15 Nov 2016 10:18 GMT+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Outgoing US President Barack Obama called Chancellor Angela Merkel his “closest partner” during a press conference ahead of his last trip abroad, which includes a two-day stop in Berlin. Speaking at the White House, Obama said “in Germany, I’ll visit with Chancellor Merkel, who’s probably been my closest international partner these last eight years.” […] In a pre-trip news conference, Obama told reporters he would “signal our solidarity with our closest allies and express our support for a strong, integrated and united Europe.” …
  • For ECB and Fed, Trump complicates decisions on rate policy

    11/14/2016 9:51:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2016 12:17 PM EST | David McHugh
    Donald Trump’s surprise election victory has helped solidify expectations for an interest rate increase next month by the U.S. Federal Reserve — but may have complicated a decision for the European Central Bank, which faces a difficult choice over more stimulus. For the ECB, the issue is what to do about its bond-buying program, which pumps new money into Europe’s struggling economy each month to try to accelerate growth and inflation. The Fed and the ECB — two of the world’s most important central banks — will be making its policy decisions before Trump is inaugurated Jan. 20, while still...
  • Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than £31 billion, analysis finds [UK]

    11/13/2016 8:12:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 November 2016 • 12:01AM | Peter Dominiczak
    Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than £31 billion, an analysis has disclosed amid calls for a reduction in the Autumn Statement. Around £31.6 billion of tax revenue has been lost because of the illicit market in spirits, beer, wine, cigarettes, rolling tobacco and diesel, according to the analysis of HMRC figures by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. The high taxes on alcohol and tobacco simply fuel a black market in the goods which means that HMRC loses money, the campaign group said. …
  • Britain and France snub EU’s emergency Trump meeting

    11/13/2016 5:29:55 PM PST · by McGruff · 68 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 13, 2016 | Duncan Robinson
    Britain and France on Sunday night snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote. Hailed by diplomats as a chance to “send a signal of what the EU expects” from Mr Trump, the plan fell into disarray after foreign ministers from the bloc’s two main military powers declined to attend the gathering demanded by Berlin and Brussels.
  • More than 80 MPs join Lib Dem plot to force Government to hold a second referendum on Brexit terms

    11/11/2016 10:11:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11 November 2016 • 9:54PM | Christopher Hope and Peter Dominiczak
    More than 80 MPs are plotting to stage a Parliamentary vote calling for a second Brexit referendum. In a move that prompted anger from Conservative ministers a coalition of MPs led by Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said that they now intend to force a vote calling for another referendum of the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU. Theresa May’s Government is appealing a High Court ruling which stated that she must get Parliament’s approval before triggering Article 50, which formally begins the Brexit negotiations with Brussels. If she loses the appeal, Europhile backbenchers have vowed to lay...
  • Nigel Farage to be Donald Trump's go-between amid claims Special Relationship with US is faltering

    11/10/2016 10:54:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10 November 2016 • 10:00PM | Christopher Hope, Peter Dominiczak, Ruth Sherlock and Barney Henderson
    Ministers will use Nigel Farage as an unofficial intermediary to build bridges with Donald Trump to ensure the “special relationship” does not falter in the wake of his election. The Telegraph understands that ministers will be forced to seek Mr. Farage’s advice because they have no links to the President-elect’s inner circle.Mrs. May spoke to Mr. Trump for the first time since his victory — but not until after he had spoken to the leaders of at least nine other nations. Downing Street said that during the call, Mr. Trump said that the UK is a “very, very special place...
  • Paris suicide bomber with a Syrian passport came to Europe through Greece in October as it emerges..

    11/14/2015 8:57:38 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 74 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 11/14/2015 | Imogen Calderwood
    A Paris suicide bomber who was carrying a Syrian passport passed through Greece as a refugee in October, according to a Greek minister. The passport was retrieved from one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up outside the Stade de France stadium as part of last night's coordinated attacks, which killed at least 127 people. The passport holder, who is understood to be 25, passed through the island of Leros of October 3 as a refugee, where he was identified ‘according to EU rules’. But Greece’s deputy minister in charge of police, Nikos Toscas, did not know if the...
  • 'Brexit prepared me for this': Berliners react to Trump win

    11/09/2016 2:56:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 09 Nov 2016 09:20 GMT+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    Hundreds of Berliners packed themselves into bars, cafés and other venues to watch the US presidential election results into early Wednesday morning as Donald Trump emerged as the next president. […] German Jan Hoepper, who came into the viewing party late, said that Trump’s wins across important states was not a surprise. “After Brexit, I was prepared,” Hoepper said. […] “I’m kind of not surprised, to be honest,” said American-Berliner Erin Single from Atlanta, Georgia. “There was a big discrepancy between what I was seeing in the media in Europe versus what I was seeing when I was visiting back...
  • Hollande: I have faith in the American voters

    11/08/2016 4:32:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies ^ | 08 Nov 2016 17:38 GMT+01:00
    President François Hollande, who has criticized Donald Trump in the past, said on Tuesday that US presidential vote was in capable hands. On the eve of the US election, President Hollande made it clear that he is confident that Americans will make the right choice. “I have faith in the American people to know which choice corresponds the best to the values, the principles, the liberty, and to Americans’ relation with France, and with Europe,” he told reporters while in La Rochelle in western France. …
  • Federal police record 32 percent increase in crimes [Germany]

    11/07/2016 8:08:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 07 Nov 2016 14:30 GMT+01:00
    The Federal Police reported on Friday that the number of crimes increased last year by 31.6 percent, mostly due to violations of immigration laws amid the influx of refugees into the country. The Federal Police recorded 436,387 crimes last year, which was an increase of nearly one-third on 2014. […] The biggest increase in crimes was in categories pertaining to immigration — violations of residency, asylum and freedom of movement laws. These made up nearly 40 percent of all crimes, or 171,477 cases, and an increase of 151.6 percent over 2014. The next largest increase was in the number thefts,...
  • European Union to sue Israel over illegal Arab buildings

    11/07/2016 9:17:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 11/07/16 12:33 | Ido Ben Porat
    The EU Committee for Middle East Affairs has recommended to its 28 member states that they consider suing Israel for damages, after Israeli authorities destroyed illegal EU-funded Arab buildings in Judea and Samaria. The buildings had been built in Area C. […] Two European diplomats told Haaretz that the decision had been made two weeks ago, during a meeting of the Committee for Middle East Affairs. The Committee’s decisions are not binding, but are instead a “recommendation” and provide a basis for future EU and Foreign Affairs Council political and security decisions. The EU’s “recommendation” comes after Israel refused the...
  • German President fears win for 'unpredictable' Trump

    11/06/2016 8:55:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies ^ | 06 Nov 2016 13:38 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    German President Joachim Gauck said he was worried about the prospect of Donald Trump winning the race for the White House, citing the US Republican hopeful’s “unpredictability” as a cause for concern, according to a magazine interview published on Sunday. […] The German president, whose role is largely ceremonial, said he hoped “that American democracy, which does not allow the president to act as an autocrat, that the system of checks and balances, of mutual control” of power would be maintained. …
  • Vaclav Klaus: The European Freedom Award in the Freedom Endangering European Union

    11/06/2016 6:27:03 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 5 replies
    Vaclav Klaus; English pages ^ | 5. 11. 2016 | Vaclav Klaus
    Many thanks for bringing me to Stockholm and for conferring upon me the European Freedom Award. I am really honoured, because the growing loss of freedom is my main concern. Let me express my gratitude to the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe, to its General Manager Laure Ferrari, to its Vice-President Peter Lundgren and to all of you for choosing me to be the very first laureate of this award. I have never got an award from a Brussels-based institution. It is a special feeling. It proves that there are also some freedom-friendly institutions in Brussels. Your decision, nevertheless,...
  • UK's Labour Party leader says government has no Brexit plans

    11/05/2016 3:17:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2016 2:34 PM EDT
    The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party says Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is resisting “democratic scrutiny” of the Brexit process because it has not developed any plans for leaving the 28-nation bloc. Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday called on May to immediately spell out her Brexit negotiating terms to Parliament now that Britain’s High Court has ruled that Parliament must give its approval before formal talks begin. …
  • Malmö police launch special unit after string of child rapes [Sweden]

    11/05/2016 9:12:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 05 Nov 2016 15:37 GMT+01:00
    Police in the Swedish city of Malmö have launched a special investigations group after a recent spate of child rapes involving girls as young as 12, which have been carried out in broad daylight. “We are taking this extremely seriously,” Bo Lundquist, criminal commissioner with the local police who has launched the group, told the local Kvällsposten newspaper. The police have appointed 15 police officers to the team in an attempt to speedily identify the one or more people behind the attacks. …
  • Farage: 'I'll be back in 2019 — and probably with a pitchfork'

    11/05/2016 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 05 Nov 2016 12:34 GMT+01:00
    Nigel Farage, the populist who led the campaign to bring Britain out of the EU, has told Swedish nationalists he will return to British politics next year “with a pitchfork” if he feels Brexit is betrayed. “If Brexit doesn't mean Brexit, I'll be back in 2019 — and probably with a pitchfork,” the former UKIP leader said in a barnstorming speech at the European Freedom Awards, a gala event for European nationalists held in Stockholm. Farage said that he would renew his fight if Friday’s court ruling that the British Parliament must vote on Article 50, the first step in...
  • Dutch populist Geert Wilders to boycott hate speech trial

    11/02/2016 7:47:33 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | Oct 28, 2016 | AP
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Firebrand Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders says he will not attend court next week to face hate speech charges, calling the case against him “a political trial.” Prosecutors have charged Wilders, leader of the populist Dutch Freedom Party, with insulting a group based on their race and inciting hatred and discrimination. In a message released Friday, Wilders says, “It is my right and my duty as a politician to speak about the problems in our country.” The trial starting Monday against Wilders, who was acquitted in 2011 of insulting Islam, centers on comments before and after...